Since 27 September the ancient Armenian Christian community of Nagorno-Karabakh has been under attack from the army of Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey and Syrian jihadist forces. Stiftung CSI-Schweiz (CSI-CH), a Zurich-based religious human rights organization, has today launched a petition to the Swiss government urging it to act now to help protect the endangered people of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Thousands have been driven from their homes and hundreds killed. This renewed military offensive comes more than 25 years after a fragile ceasefire ended a six-year war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
For centuries Armenians have been the target of religious cleansing and violence, including the great Genocide of Armenians and Syriacs in Turkey during the First World War. The Armenian Christians of Nagorno-Karabakh are faced with the prospect of another episode in this genocidal process.
In a letter to Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis, dated 7 October 2020, CSI Director John Eibner made three specific policy recommendations to the Bundesrat for the protection of the endangered people of Nagorno-Karabakh in accordance with Switzerland’s international responsibility to promote international humanitarian law and its tradition of neutrality:
- Place a high priority on genocide prevention and provide rapid humanitarian aid to the suffering population.
- Prohibit the transfer of Swiss military equipment to the anti-Armenian coalition.
- Recognise the right to self-determination of the endangered people of Nagorno-Karabakh.
CSI is calling on the public to show their solidarity with Nagorno Karabakh by adding their name to this letter to Bundesrat Cassis. Please use this link (click on “Appelltext anzeigen” and scroll down to see the English version.)
Christian Solidarity International (CSI) is a Christian human rights organization promoting religious liberty and human dignity. www.csi-schweiz.ch